FOSDEM 2016 - 'Coding for Language Communities' Devroom

DLDP, together with CIDLeS, Indigenous Tweets, and Rising Voices, is co-organising the event 'Coding for Language Communities' at FOSDEM 2016. The event will take place on Sunday 31st January 2016 in Brussels, Belgium.

The initiative 'Coding for Language Communites' aims to bring together three groups:

  1. speakers of languages that are currently not supported by language technologies and that want to use their language on electronic devices;
  2. students of Linguistics and language-related disciplines interested in learning about software development;
  3. software developers and students of Computational Sciences that are interested in supporting under-resourced languages by technological means.

We think that free software is a requirement for thee free communication in any language. Our goal is to empower communities to build their own language processing tools based on free software projects. Therefore, we welcome proposals for talks about, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • free software and open source projects that develop NLP tools;
  • open speech interfaces for computers and mobile devices;
  • open AI projects that process natural language;
  • multi-lingual input methods;
  • translation of free software and open source projects;
  • development of technical terminology for under-resourced languages;
  • Open Data, data collection and multi-lingual corpora;
  • language diversity in free software and open source.

Talks should be 30-40 minutes in length, plus 10-15 minutes time for Q&A. Paper submission is handled via the Pentabarf tool hosted in the FOSDEM Web site. The deadline for proposals is 11th December 2015. Make sure to include the following information in your proposal:

  • title of your talk;
  • abstract of your talk;
  • your full name;
  • your short bio;
  • a picture of yourself (optional);
  • duration of your talk;
  • links to code / slides / material for the talk (optional).

The original Call for Participation was published on the FOSDEM mailing list.